by Jake Townsend
The Tony-nominated musical A Year With Frog and Toad takes audiences through four fun-filled seasons with Arnold Lobel’s beloved storybook characters. Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) will bring this whimsical show to life April 14 – May 15.
Adapted from Lobel’s stories by brothers Robert and Willie Reale, the musical follows a worrywart Toad and a perky Frog. The duo wakes from hibernation in the Spring to plant gardens, swim, eat cookies, and learn life lessons along the way. The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making A Year With Frog and Toad an enchanting musical sure to entertain the whole family. Bobby Wyckoff and Patrick Waller star as Frog and Toad, with Rona Carter, James Rudolph, and Amanda Card portraying a host of other colorful woodland friends, including mischievous squirrels, chatty birds, a bossy turtle, and an extremely speedy, mail-delivering snail.
“I am delighted to bring you this endearing tale of friendship, adventure, change, and growth,” said Guest Director Shawn Knight, who will be making his directorial debut. “A Year With Frog and Toad brings a vaudeville style (and lots of make-believe) to the stage while maintaining the charming spirit of both Lobel’s texts and illustrations. This show may have been written for younger audiences, but the hummable score and memorable characters are sure to charm kids from ages 4 to 104.”
Showtimes for A Year With Frog and Toad are Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from April 17 through May 15, and reservations are recommended. Individual weekend ticket prices are $15 per child (ages 2 to 17) and $20 per adult. Group, senior, educator, and military discounts are also available. A preview performance takes place Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at a discounted rate of $7 per child and $15 per adult. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Nashville Children Theatre’s website or call (615) 252-4675.
Nashville Children’s Theatre is a professional theatre company providing the children, families, and educators of Middle Tennessee with extraordinary shared theatrical experiences that inspire imagination, develop creativity, and build community. NCT was founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville and is recognized as the oldest professional children’s theater in the country.